PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Sheriff's human smuggling unit arrested 18 illegal immigrants along State Route 87 Wednesday night.
According to MCSO, deputies stopped a GMC truck with a camper shell Wednesday night on State Route 87 for speeding and found 23 people inside.
Officials said after deputies pulled the vehicle over, eight men fled on foot, but three of them were captured.
Deputies questioned all 18 people and officials said they all admitted to paying a coyote driver between $1000 and $8000 to be transported illegally into the United States.
According to MCSO, the men were all from Mexico and Guatemala and they entered Arizona at Altar and Nogales.
They were all headed for Florida, California, Washington, or Georgia.
Officials said deputies turned over a 15-year-old boy to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the 17 other individuals were arrested and placed in custody at the 4th Avenue jail on suspicion of human smuggling.
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